Jan. 25, 2018

dusty maiden, Chaenactis douglasii

Driving near the Blue River in Colorado, some tufted evening-primroses pulled me over. And anytime you find a gem like those, there will be others. I remember a gem mine in Sri Lanka. They were digging through the gravelly muck and coming up with sapphires, rubies and other glitter. This gravelly spot was even flashier, and dusty maiden was one of the treasures. These flower heads are about an inch across. Dusty grows in AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, ND, NM, NV, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY, AB, BC, and SK. Summit Co CO, 6/17/13.